‘We need the specialisations, but we could do with more cross-fertilisation between humanities and the arts.’
Rachel McCarthy has succeed in two fields that some consider the complete opposite: Science and Art. She’s a climate scientist and also a poet whose first pamphlet – Element – was praised by the Laureate poet Carol Duffy. So for those who claim for an education that divides arts and sciences from a very early stage… this is an example of what people can be when they don’t have to decide between one and the other!
‘Writing is a very solitary act…to bear your soul on a piece of paper… and then stand up present it to everyone is kind of one of those nightmares.’
Rachel knows a lot about showing her art and performing in front of an audience, too. She co-hosted a radio programme when she was a university student and has been director of the Exeter Poetry Festival on 2013.
What can you find in this interview?
-Mixing Art and Science.
-Publishing a poetry pamphlet.
-Literature and Climate Change.
-Balancing work and writing.
-Engaging with the literary community.
Do you want to know more about Rachel McCarthy?
-Check out her webpage.
-Check out her poetry pamphlet Element.
Two poems from Element (poetry pamphlet).
Many thanks to our meticulous editor, Terry Garanhel and to the founder and sponsor of the programme, Yvonne Battle-Felton. And, of course, to Rachel McCarthy who we had the pleasure to meet in the January Northwest Literary Salon at Lancaster. We loved your reading and became instantlly fascinated with your mixture of literature and science. We wish you the very best in your two careers!